More Doctors, Hospitals Partner to Coordinate Care for People With Medicare

More Doctors, Hospitals Partner to Coordinate Care for People With Medicare

Providers Form 106 New Accountable Care Organizations

MIAMI, Jan. 15, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BAROMA Health Partners, a wholly
owned subsidiary of Baroma, Inc. (OTC Markets:BRMA), has been selected as one
of 106 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in Medicare, ensuring as many
as 4 million Medicare beneficiaries across the United States now have access
to high-quality, coordinated care, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius announced today.

Doctors and health care providers can establish Accountable Care Organizations
in order to work together to provide higher-quality care to their patients.
Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, more than 250 Accountable Care
Organizations have been established. Beneficiaries using ACOs always have the
freedom to choose doctors inside or outside of the ACO. Accountable Care
Organizations share with Medicare any savings generated from lowering the
growth in health care costs, while meeting standards for quality of care.

"Accountable Care Organizations save money for Medicare and deliver
higher-quality care to people with Medicare," said Secretary Sebelius. "Thanks
to the Affordable Care Act, more doctors and hospitals are working together to
give people with Medicare the high-quality care they expect and deserve."

ACOs must meet quality standards to ensure that savings are achieved through
improving care coordination and providing care that is appropriate, safe, and
timely. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established 33
quality measures on care coordination and patient safety, appropriate use of
preventive health services, improved care for at-risk populations, and patient
and caregiver experience of care. Federal savings from this initiative are up
to $940 million over four years.

The new ACOs include a diverse cross-section of physician practices across the
country. Roughly half of all ACOs are physician-led organizations that serve
fewer than 10,000 beneficiaries. Approximately 20 percent of ACOs include
community health centers, rural health centers and critical access hospitals
that serve low-income and rural communities.

The group announced today also includes 15 Advance Payment Model ACOs,
physician-based or rural providers who would benefit from greater access to
capital to invest in staff, electronic health record systems, or other
infrastructure required to improve care coordination. Medicare will recoup
advance payments over time through future shared savings. In addition to these
ACOs, last year CMS launched the Pioneer ACO program for large provider groups
able to take greater financial responsibility for the costs and care of their
patients over time. In total, Medicare's ACO partners will serve more than 4
million beneficiaries nationwide.

Also today HHS issued a new report showing Affordable Care Act provisions are
already having a substantial effect on reducing the growth rate of Medicare
spending. Growth in Medicare spending per beneficiary hit historic lows during
the 2010 to 2012 period, according to the report. Projections by both the
Office of the Actuary at CMS and by the Congressional Budget Office estimate
that Medicare spending per beneficiary will grow at approximately the rate of
growth of the economy for the next decade, breaking a decades-old pattern of
spending growth outstripping economic growth.

Additional information about the Advance Payment Model is available at

The next application period for organizations that wish to participate in the
Shared Savings Program beginning in January 2014 is summer 2013.

More information about the Shared Savings Program is available at

For a list of the 106 new ACOs announced today, visit:

The Baroma logo is available at

CONTACT: For More Information Contact:
         Ricardo Matos
         (888) 315-4490 X 5
         Baroma Health Partners

Baroma, Inc.
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